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conference, it came after president obama met with john boehner and nancy pelosi and harry reid and mitch mcconnell, so all the key congressional leaders. and listen to the president here. >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously, their patience is already thin. this is deja vu all over again. america wonders why it is that in this town for some reason, you can't get stuff done in an organized timetable. why everything always has to wait until the last minute. well, we're now at the last minute. and the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. not right now. i just have to repeat. you know, outside of washington, nobody understands how it is that this seems to be a repeat pattern, over and over again. ordinary folks, they do their jobs. they meet deadlines. they sit down and they discuss things and things happen. if there are disagreements, they sort through the disagreements. the notion that our elected leadership can't do the same thing is mind boggling to them. and needs to stop. >> i just have to repea
reid will soon be coming out and address the fiscal cliff at the microphones any moment now. congressional leaders are holding marathon negotiations behind closed doors. we're only getting drips of what is going on racing against the clock as the final countdown to the fiscal cliff deadline begins. unless a deal is reached by january 1st, more than $500 billion in tax increases and spending cuts are set to kick in affecting nearly every american. hello, i'm gregg jarrett. >> arthel: i'm arthel nevil. welcome to a brand-new hour. as gregg just said the ball is in the senate's court. the republicans submitted a proposal to the senate democrats last night and are still waiting for a response. who is up at the podium right now. >> gregg: let's take a look at the shot. >> they are continuing to discuss this. we think there could be a path forward. one thing there is democrats have come out and made a change on cpi and republicans are concerned if that is not used as an offset to replace some of the spending cuts that would occur under sequester that democrats put forward and alte
can pass, but the senate first must act. well, this morning, senate majority leader reid slammed the house republicans not not even showing up. >> if we go over the cliff, and it looks like that's where we are headed, the house of representatives as we speak with four days left after today before the first of the year aren't here with the speaker having told them they will give them 48 hours inside. i can't imagine their conscious. >> well, senator reid is expected to hold a news conference about the talks this afternoon. so here is where we stand. reid wants to get a vote on at least a basic bill to delay the automatic spending cuts, provide the unemployment benefits and still cut taxes for most americans. but it sounds like reid doesn't want to get played here. he says he's going to only bring that bill to the floor if the house agrees to work with him on final passage. the house couldn't deliver a vote on the last republican plan so that condition seems like a deal breaker. but tom cole, the number four house republican says sometimes the real imagine ek happens in the bottom
on the senate side. >> that's right. senate majority leader harry reid said we should talk to vice president biden and mitch mcconnell. earlier republicans suggested changing the way inflation is calculated on changes like social security read offered this reaction late in the day. >> i was really grass fied to hear republicans taking command by social security set off the table. this should never have been on the table to begin with. there is still significant difference between the two sides negotiations continue. still time left to reach an agreement. >> meanwhile west virginia democrat joe mansion introduced the calm act trying to soften the blow as the country goes off the fiscal cliff. it would maphase in tax hikes or the years and prioritize spending cuts. he says he's frustrated and tried to do something. >> it was crossing the wires it's more than frustration it sounds like desperation at this point as they are losing hope. the chained cpi the social security adjustment you were talking about basically changes the way they configure the cost of living and would make those benefits s
harry reid who says he's cautiously optimistic about reaching a deal but warns there's not much more negotiating that can be done on his end. >> i don't have a counter offer to make. perhaps the day wears on, i will ble to. i will say that i think that the republican leader has shown good faith. it's just we're apart on pretty big issues. >> that was earlier. let's get the latest now because it's changing minute-by-minute. mike emanuel kicks off our fox team coverage live from washington. harry reid said negotiations continue. where do we stand? >> senator reid seemed to be looking ahead to tomorrow's schedule. talks continue but a deal is not implement. another said there's a chance one could be reached tonight. harry reid and mitch mcconnell are the key players. he sounded frustrated after not receiving a counter-offer. a key member of the leadership team offered this update. >> offeringses and discussions between and we remain hopeful that will get a breakthrough. obviously what happened here between the two leaders in the senate had broken down because the senate democrats failed
reid saying significant distance remains between the two sides. good morning everyone, i'm gregg jarrett in for bill hemmer here in "america's newsroom.". >> i'm heather childers in for martha maccallum the senate gavels in at 11:00 a.m. we'll see if there was some miracle overnight. gregg: i doubt that. yesterday, republican senate leader mitch mcconnell made an emergency call to the vice president joe biden in an evident to jump-start negotiations. heather: if no deal is haed out today, majority leader reid says he will call a vote on a separate white house plan that reflects's original proposal. gregg: chief correspondent mike emanuel kicks off the coverage. mike, where do the things stand in the fiscal cliff talks at this critical late-stage? >> reporter: gregg, there seems to be some hope that conversations between vice president joe biden and senator mitch mcconnell can produce a deal. aides say the two men spoke multiple times last night and will continue working toward a solution. mcconnell called the vice. president bush: after weighing 18 hours from senate majority lead
've yet to receive a response to our good faith offer. >> democratic leader harry reid said the gulf over taxes was still too wide, and he indicated the white house might be tying his hands. >> i've had a number of conversations with the president, and at this stage, we're not able to make a counteroffer. >> reporter: so senator mcconnell called the vice president, who he served with in the senate for 24 years. the two men spoke several times sunday. >> i want everyone to know i'm willing to get this done, but i need a dance partner. >> reporter: democrats want to let the bush-era tax cuts expire for all household incomes over $250,000 a year. republicans would rather set the cutoff at around $500,000 or keep the tax cuts in place for everyone. the two sides are also at odds over the estate tax rate which currently stands at 35% but is set to revert to 55%. even if senate leaders do strike a deal and pass a bill today, it would still need to go up for a vote in the house, but at this point, many members are just hoping their leaders can come up with something if only
leader harry reid in the "new york times, returning to the u.s. capitol. his shadow. what's the relationship between harry reid and mitch mcconnell? guest: it's hard to tell. the rhetoric on the senate floor can be pretty tough. they call each other my dear friend whenever you want them on the c-span channels, but i think they both are in a frustrating position. senator harry reid does not have more than 60 members, so we cannot block a filibuster but senator mcconnell is adept at applying in cases where he'd want to block legislation. but i think they both have respect for each other's legislative skills and they have proven in the past that when they need to cut a deal, but can cut a deal and bring their party's members with them. host: john mccain writes a big budget deal is still worth doing. he points out to the history of some of these agreements, most notably with ronald reagan in the 1980's and president bush in 1991 in which republicans agreed to spending cuts that never happened while raising taxes. guest: that's right. there's a little confusion about how much s
on this issue and i thank majority leader reid for assuring we have the opportunity to debate and consider these amendments and the very important issues that they reflect here today. i urge all of my colleagues to consider carefully and then support these amendments to the f.a.a. we cannot let the impending deadline distract us from the important opportunity to conduct oversight and implement responsible reforms. to simply be rushed to passage when we have known the deadline was approaching for years strikes me as an abrogation of our fundamental oversight responsibility. in my view, this chamber deserves a full and informed debate about our intelligence-gathering procedures and their potentially very real impact on americans' privacy rights, and we need it sooner rather than later. these amendments would allow us to have that conversation and to work together on a path that strikes the essential balance between privacy and security for the citizens of these united states. thank you. with that, madam president, i yield the floor. madam president, i note the absence of a quorum. the presid
. guest: if you remember on friday, the president said he was going to turn over the lead to senator reid and senator mcconnell to work out a deal that could pass the senate and that he would sign on to whatever deal that was. senator reid and senator mcconnell were not able to reach that deal. the negotiations between them have turned increasingly bitter and senator mcconnell basically said that he could not work with senator read anymore and reached out to joe biden and ask him to resume the role that he has had in previous negotiations. the arbiter, the deal maker. joe biden had not been as involved atoll has returned to washington and is now part of the negotiations in a way that he had not been expected to until yesterday. host: what will the house and senate be voting on today? will there be an agreement on the fiscal cliff or an alternative plan that would continue unemployment benefits and keep taxes at the bush era level? guest: i'm not sure that anybody knows. and that includes president obama, joe biden, senator reid, speaker boehner. there are not the many hours left until the
's in the hands of the two senate leaders pgz democrat harry reid and republican mitch mcconnell. they're working on a minideal that would preinvestigate a tax increase for roughly 98 of american workers, and extend unemployment benefits set to expire for two million people, and cut payments in medicare doctors. >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously their patience is already thin. this is deja vu all over again. >> the 11th hour evident comes after the president met with the congressional leadership at the white house. his first such meeting in six weeks. even if mcconnell and reid come to agreement, there's no guarantee it will pass before the end of the year. the agreement represents what the president called the bare minimum. extending tax cuts, while doing nothing to curb spend organize address the long-term deficit crisis. if they fail to even pass a minideal, virtually everybody's income taxes will good up. the average family paying an extra $3,446 a year. and even if the income tax cuts are extended, virtually all workers are due to see less in their paychecks star
reid says while negotiations are on-going, the senate will not vote on any plan this evening. elizabeth corridan is monitoring the situation from washington, d-c. senate majority leader harry reid says while negotiations are on-going, the senate will not vote on any plan this evening. the senate will reconvene monday morning, at which point there will be just over 12-hours until the u.s. goes over the fiscal cliff. >>> if nothing is done by midnight monday, mandatory tax hikes and spending cuts will kick in, impacting every american. elizabeth corridan is monitoring the situation and brings us the latest. --reporter pkg-as follows -- " as we gather with so much work undone, guide our lawmakers with your wisdom." the senate convened its rare sunday session with a prayer for progress. the house returned from its holiday hiatus. with less than 48- hours until the u-s economy goes over what's being called the fiscal cliff - lawmakers are locked in a fierce face-off over a set of spending cuts and tax hikes. >>> "we're apart on some pretty big issues." "i'm willing to get this done, but i ne
between mcconnell and senate majority leader harry reid. mcconnell says he and the vice president spoke last night at 12:45, again at 6:30 this morning. mcconnell explained why he reached out to his former senate colleague mr. biden. >> i also placed a call to the vice president to see if he could help jump start the negotiations on his side. the vice president and i have worked together on solutions before, and i believe we can again. >> obviously we were watching to see what the senate does at this hour, what is said at this point i'm hearing it sound like 2:00 eastern time may be another critical time, when they may run by their members, the republicans and the democrats, the latest on those talks, and if there is a deal the details of the deal, jon. jon: we just had senate majority leader read making some remarks from the microphone, perhaps i'll get to word from the control room in just a bit as to what he had to say. he's already peeled off the microphone, i guess he's done, mike, making his opening remarks. so what about the house side? is that where the ball lies right now? or j
would look like if mcconnell reid say we've got the basic deal. how would that play out. >> reporter: the expectation now is that it would become a senate move first, in part because that's something speaker boehner insists on. the president gave the green light that the senate should act first. if they come up with a plan we'd see a vote in the senate and then it would go to the house and then the ball is back in the speaker's court. can he get enough votes? the big deal with the plan b failing is that democrats agreed not to go along. now the pressure would be different and you would expect many more democrats would participate and vote in support of it. even if you lose a significant number of republicans, you might be able to get enough. all of that contention is what really in the deal? so there are some steps here. there are some potential pitfalls where it could come apart. there isn't a real sense of optimism right now. but there's a way that it could get done and certainly a way that it could be derailed. >> kelly, if i could impose on you to stick and, i'll bring in our pan
in good spirits because the game was all for a good cause. kron 4's alecia reid tells us more. gabe slate tech repo (cheers & applause) >> this is awesome! >> i am very pleased with all this has played. >> it has been great for double and nation -- asidevil nation (cheers & applause) >> reporter: the fans were cheering on the other teams. >> i was expecting a good hard hitting game and that is what i am seeing. >> reporter: they picked a date by a steady lead from early on in. >> we predicted that a s u would have a victory. >> it is nice to see that the navy fans are going out early. >> sorry! [laughter] >> >> reporter: many people traveled from a long distance. >> we are from hawaii. >> it is awesome we are from the state of oregon. >> it is amazing, to see the distance and the difference- between both teams. (music) >> reporter: this helps fight hunger at at&t park alecia reed, kron 4 news . a new york woman has been charged with a hate crime for allegedly pushing a man to his death in front of a subway train. >>> police say the surveillance video they released helped find erika menend
possible we've learned from sources as senate majority leader harry reid works to get republican support in the senate, which he will need if he's going to pass a bill. and so we're still waiting to see exactly what it will look like that the white house wants for the threshold on income tax rates to cut off at $250,000. we will see if that ultimately is what senate majority leader reid rolls out. as of this point in time, we're expecting this to be a limited measure to deal just really with the fiscal cliff, which was supposed to be appear incentive to deal with the long-term fiscal health of the country. not part of this, obviously looking at a big package. >> can you do this even if everything goes right? getting through the two houses. i don't think the house is anywhere near -- they couldn't get a million collars for the cap of the tax rates expiring. so what is the position of the white house aides and the people are you talking to there in terms much getting a deal done? >> well, the difference would be, and when you remember plan "b" failed. it failed to garner enough support amo
leader in the senate, mcconnell made offer that ended when majority leader harry reid said he could not present a counter proposal. mcconnell called for help. >> i placed a call to the vice president to see if he could jumpstart the negotiations on his side. i want everyone to know i'm willing to get this done. but i need a dance partner it >> reporter: white house officials say vice president biden is now playing a direct role in the talks. two parties remain at odds over the automatic across the board cuts to programs of defense. also divide on taxes. white house wants to raise tax rates on people making more than $250,000 a year. republicans would like to keep the estate tax from going up. >> if we are not able to reach an agreement, it would be dire. >> reporter: if there is no deal today, the average american family will see a tax hike of $3400. tahman bradley, abc7 news. >> -- any chance a deal might include retiring the country's debt? >> reporter: slim to none. republicans and president obama will be fighting about the debt next year. republicans wanting to use the debt ceil
of the cliff. after a day of intense talks, senate majority leader, reid, said there will not be a deal tonight. >> this is still distance between the two sides. negotiations continue. >> reporter: if republicans and democrats can not strike a deal before midnight on monday, taxes will go up for almost every american. automatic spending cuts will kick in and millions will lose unemployment benefits. >> i want everyone to know i want to get it done but i need a dance partner. >> reporter: republicans introduced but with drew the proposal. senators say there is movement as both sides try to compromise about which americans should start paying a higher tax rate. >> this is far too much at stake for political gamesmanship. >> in an unusual move, republicans called on the nation's number 2 democrat, vice president joe biden to help with the negotiation. >> >> they say the biggest thing is taking care of the deficit. the way they are behaving the only priority is tax rates for wealthiest americans are protected. >> >> reporter: if the deal is not reached they want the senate to introduce legislati
reform on the debt. >> there's talk about a smaller deal by harry reid that would prevent tax increases on those earning less than $250,000. >>> starbucks has come up with a democratic way for people to send a message to washington. the coffee giant is asking the stores to write the words come together on all drinks served tomorrow and friday. >>> well, they invested in a finance company owned by a now infamous baltimore insurance pitch man. now that hal katz business has gone belly up, they're out of luck. investigators continue digging into the story we first brought you in october. some lost college funds, life savings after funding one of katz' companies. >> it's not just a miss proargs of money -- misappropriation of money but a lack of trust. >> how many millions are missing. >>> winter weather is here in maryland and with it a serious skin condition. how to pretext your skin from cracking in the cold. >>> plus, it's time for that after christmas shopping. and, later, running your home on a remote. we'll look at the benefits of using a home automation system. those stories and mor
$16 trillion debt. >> sources say senate leaders harry reid and mitch mcconnell are drafting a small stopgap plan that could include extending unemployment insurance, protecting 30 million americans from paying the alternative minimum tax, and allowing tax rates to increase on the wealthiest americans. but the issue remains a major sticking point, with many republicans resisting any tax increase. economists says the last minute product -- a process called into question washington's ability to deal with the hard issues of tax reform. >> the prospects for the economy are incredibly dim until we tackle these challenges and put some certainty into the economy and boost confidence. >> meanwhile, americans watch with worry and frustration heard >> i think they are failing as. i am so sick and tired of them. >> is it the equivalent of worrying about your mortgage after you are homeless. it is a sad. they have a job to do and they are not doing it. >> tomorrow morning, president obama will be david gregory's guest on "meet the press". you can catch his interview on 11 news at 10:00 a.m. now
in relation to amendment number 3435, offered by the senator from oregon, mr. merkley. mr. reid: mr. president? mr. president? could we have order. the presiding officer: yes. order, please. mr. merkley: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from oregon. mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: and, please. mr. reid: mr. president, we're going to have two more votes tonight. they will both be ten minutes in duration, in addition to the debate time that's already been established. then we're going to move in a very direct way to complete as much of the debate time on the amendments on the supplemental. it's extremely important we get this debate completed tonight so we can start voting in the morning. we have already set up, we're going to have some votes in the morning. we're going to come in probably about 9:30 and start voting. we have a lot to do. it would really be good if people who have amendments on the supplemental, use your debate time tonight. we're going to have no more votes tonight but tomorrow there's going to be limited amount of debate time. so senators -- se
the majority leader. mr. reid: new year's eve is fast approaching and for decades and decades the american people have watched the ball drop in times square. it's the countdown to midnight, the start of a new year. but this year, mr. president, the american people are waiting for the ball to drop but it's not going to be a good drop. because americans' taxes are approaching the wrong direction. come the first of this year, americans will have less income than they have today. if we go over the cliff, and it looks like that's where we're headed, mr. president, the house of representatives as we speak with four days left after today before the first of the year aren't here with the speaker having told them they'll give them 48 hours' notice. i can't imagine their consciences. they're out wherever they are, around the country, and we're here trying to get something done. they are not in washington, d.c. the house of representatives are not here. they couldn't even get the leadership together yesterday. they had to do it with a teleconference. the republican leadership republican leadership. i
got a glimpse of optimism on the senate floor on friday from majority leader harry reid and minority leader mitch mcconnell following their white house meeting with president obama. here it is. >> everyone knows we've been to the white house. we've had a constructive meeting. we certainly hope that something will positive will come from that. >> i share the view of the majority leader. we had a good meeting at the white house. we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation that i can make to my conference and the majority leader can make to his conference. >> arthel: so is a fiscal deal more likely now than it was before congress left for christmas break? let's have a meeting of the minds. outreach director for freedom works, author of "backlash" and fox news contributor. and michael, former senior communications advisor to john kerry's presidential campaign and ceo of vent squared communications. long intros for both of you hard work people. i'm going with you first
the process is far enough along to actually have a meeting. earlier the top senate democrat harry reid did not say much. >> discussions continue today on a plan to protect middle class families from a tax increase tomorrow. there are a number of issues on which the two sides are still apart, but negotiations are continuing as i speak. >> reporter: i've talked to numerous people involved in these very delicate talks at this point who are expressing a lot of concern about peuz coming out at the the bottom of the hour to talk about this issue at such a delicate time in negotiations. >> thank you for that report. when the president does come out we'll bring it to you live here on fox news. rick: you just heard mike talking about the fight over new spending and a lack of budget cuts in this possible deal. the reuters news service reported a couple of minutes ago that the tentative deal now being hammered out in washington contains no new spending cuts. stu varney host of varney & company. >> that is a very big deal. if the issues of debt, debt accumulation, deaf sits and spending are not addres
from where former senator bob dole was also wounded and senate majority leader harry reid was here hawaii today eulogizing senator inouye, talking about how emotional he got as he saw the senator's casket in the rotunda. >> he wasn't satisfied just to be there, he wanted up on that platform so he could reach his friend of 60 years, dan inouye. he got up there, with a little struggle, but he got up there and soldier to soldier, with his left hand, he saluted his soldier friend of 60 years. >> reporter: now, i want to make clear that senator inouye, i said he was award theed medal of honor. he earned it, he's a recipient. not something he won in a contest. and they heard me say that or told i said that. i want to clarify that senator inouye, all three of men received the honor, great, great honor, harris. >> harris: you've cleared it up for us, ed henry. now we'll see the flip side of this and talk about what's going on here in the mainland. the president is on vacation obviously, but is he doing other work that might bring him back to bring us back from the fiscal cliff? might we s
the republican leader in the senate)q mcconnell made an offer that all ended when harry reid said he could not present a counter proposal. mcconnell phoned for help. >> i placed a call to the vice president to see if he could help on his side. i want everyone to know i'm willing to get this done. but i need a dance partner itch >> reporter: white house officials say vice president biden is -- now playing a direct role in the talks the two parties remain at odds over the automatic across the board cuts to government programs. there's a divide on taxes white house wants to raise tax rates on people making more than $250,000 a year, republicans would like to keep estate tax from going up. >> if we are not able to reach agreement, it would be dire. >> reporter: if there is no deal today, the average american family will ring in the new year with a $3400 tax hike. tahman bradley, abc7 news. >>> 5:38 now. the 49ers are on solid groin getting ready for a buy week, then playoffs. 9ers won the nfc west division 27-13 over arizona at the stick. thanks to the vikings beating the packers, 49ers will h
alecia reid spoke to the residents who made the gruesome discovery. >> reporter: neighbors discovered this woman and soft--this resident ' as a daughter found this woman floating in the pond. she did not want to show her face on camera. after the police and dragged the body out of the water, they realized that it was their 70 year-old neighbor. but they do not live in the complex. they have no idea how she got there or if she was visiting anyone. >> i do not know why she was here. i do not live here. my parents live here. we rented out the complex for the holiday. i've never seen anything like it. not a good day. >> reporter: there was a suitcase next to the body in the water and it is taken into evidence. in santa rosa, alecia reed, kron 4. >> the california highway patrol reporting more than one thousand d-u-i arrests over the holiday weekend. kron four's philippe djegal tells us how many were made here in the bay area. >> while you were in join the family and friends the c h p was busy cracking down on impaired driving. >> looking for drivers with the d.u.i. and things that cause c
. president obama and senate majority leader harry reid were on hand for the ceremony. inouye was the second longest serving senator in u.s. history. he represented the state of hawaii for nearly 50 years. the 88 year old died of respiratory complications last monday. >>> 16 after the hour. an investigation under way into the apparent suicide of an elite navy s.e.a.l. commander in afghanistan. 42-year-old job price died on saturday. he was from pottstown, pennsylvania. his unit was based in virginia beach. he was the commander officer of s.e.a.l. team 4. there's no indication that he was involved in an investigation or controversy. he's survived by his wife and daughter. >>> wednesday marks the eighth anniversary of the deadly earthquake and tsunami that hit south asia. the catastrophe killed more than 226,000 people. more than 50,000 bodies have never been recovered. thailand will mark the day with a vigil. since the disaster hit in 2004, millions of dollars have been allocated to seismic and tsunami information centers. >>> this morning we're hearing from one of the victims of the mall sho
leader harry reid and minority leader mitch mcconnell say they're confident they come to a compromise but they have to sell it to john boehner and fellow republicans before the deadline. >> president obama will be david gregory's exclusive guest on "meet the press" later this morning. you can watch his interview at 10:00 a.m. the nation'sup for gun show in delles this weekend. this weekend, organizers say there was overwhelming interest. in the wake of the sandy hook shootings, many people said they wanted to buy assault rifles before a possible ban. >> say something should happen and we no longer have right to purchase our guns, that means somebody got off this butt and decided to change the constitution, that will open the door to a lot of issues. >> the f.b.i. reported a record background checks for guns this year. a lawyer for one of the survivors of the newtown school massacre says the state and connecticut didn't do enough to keep the kids safe. lawyer irving pinsky said the state failed to provide a safe climate for his client's daughter. to howard county where police say they'
boehner and mitch mcconnell and harry reid need to come back and make sure their membership -- boehner couldn't deliver the other day -- make sure the membership, and by the way, boehner may have to go with democrats plus a minority of republicans to get the job done. gregg: yeah. >> this is about the welfare of this country, not about the welfare of a political party. gregg: all right. brad, the fiscal cliff is one of the reasons why people are so incredibly gloomy about the future, and, you know, dick's making the point here when speaker john boehner can't even get his own party to follow him and put up a vote on his plan, i mean, aren't republicans equally to blame for the public's profound pessimism? >> well, we have a divided nation, that is for sure. this president has not done his job in leading, and had he done his job in leading especially in the fiscal cliff, he wouldn't be in hawaii now, he'd be in washington making sure that we had a deal -- gregg: has boehner done his job? >> boehner has done a great job in trying to lead republicans to a solution. gregg: seriously? >> abs
: the republican and democratic senate leaders negotiated all weekend long. the talks hit a brick wall. harry reid saying he was unable to even counter the latest republican offer. >> at this stage, we're not able to make a counteroffer. it appears that there are things that stop us from moving forward. >> reporter: that prompted mitch mcconnell to call for a lifeline. >> i also placed a call to the vice president to see if he could help jump-start the negotiations on his side. i want everyone to know i'm willing to get this done. but i need a dance partner. >> reporter: and with that, vice president biden has now emerged as a key player, playing a direct role in the effort to strike a last-minute deal. the key sticking points remain the same. the white house wants taxes to go up on those making over $250,000 a year. republicans want a higher income threshold. they want to keep the estate tax from going up. there's still no agreement on what to do about those automatic spending cuts set to go into effect on january 2nd. both sides have said the cost of failure is extremely high. >> if we're not ab
boehner was unable to bring his on board. for the plan b. >> onous is on senator reid and the president to come up with a solution and present it to the house and get back to the bargaining table. >> now the president has insisted on a tax hike for the healthy but wants that at $250,000 or $400,000 and not one mill yen and even though the president scaled back his expectations for what can be accomplished some democrats said a grand bargain shouldn't be that hard to reach. >> we ought to take peeker boehner and the president's last offer and split the difference and it would be a package 2.6 trillion can couple that with 1.1 trillion and that would be close to four trillion needed to stabilize the debt and bring it down. >> the president and members was congress will return to washington wednesday or thursday and try to hammer out a deal. most likely a short-term deal to get us past the cliff. >> gretchen: thank you for the great news out of washington today . now the rest of the headlines, nato confirming that civilian u.s. contractor was shot dead by an afghan policewoman of kabul. it
of this amendment, the amendment is not agreed to. mr. reid: mr. president? mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. the senate will come to order. mr. reid: mr. president, i am told by the manager of this bill, senator mikulski, that they think they can complete work on this legislation supplemental in the next couple of hours. i hope that's the case. maybe we can even do it more quickly. what the plan is -- i've talked to the republican leader about this generally, not specifically -- is that everyone knows we've been to the white house. we've had a constructive meeting. we certainly hope that something will, positive will come from that. the republican leader and i and our staffs are working to see what we can come up with. it shouldn't take a long time to do that. i think it would be to everyone's interest if we were not in session tomorrow. it's my plan to come in at 1:00. we have an hour under our previous agreement that we have on galante. there is an hour of debate on that. we would have a vote -- we have another vote that's been set up by -- bair. mr. mcconnell: mr
" on the coburn amendment. mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. reid: for the information of all senators, we're going to have two votes before we break for our caucuses. the republicans have a caucus. we have one. we're going to -- so we'll have two votes before lunch. and then at 2:00 we'll have another vote. if the meetings run over a little bit, that will give 15 minutes to get here to vote. then senator mcconnell and i are going to be indies posed from -- indisposed from 3:00 until 4:00, so we'll have a brief time there. and then we'll finish the bill, we hope, after that. ms. mikulski: if the leader could withhold for a moment. the presiding officer: the senator from maryland. mr. reid: mr. president. the order says we'll come back at 2:15. i ask that be modified that we come back at 2:00. the presiding officer: without objection. ms. mikulski: if i might discuss with the leader, and with the -- the presiding officer: the senator from maryland. ms. mikulski: the senator from oklahoma has a series of amendments, and i wonder if we could debate the
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